\ˈpi-kē \
pickier; pickiest

Definition of picky 

: fussy, choosy a picky eater

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Examples of picky in a Sentence

a picky cat who would only eat one particular kind of food, and only if it was served in his special dish she's picky, but she always finds the best quality in fresh meat and fish

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China, the biggest consumer of America’s recycled trash, was a lot less picky back then. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County peering into recycling bins to check for no-nos like greasy pizza boxes, plastic bags," 28 June 2018 Less picky barristers store their wigs in biscuit tins. The Economist, "As temperatures rise, English lawyers’ costumes look odder than ever," 5 July 2018 The koala genome also revealed why koalas are such notoriously picky eaters. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The koalas are threatened. Can their genome help us save them?," 2 July 2018 Some might accuse you of just being really, really picky. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "An American’s guide to picking a team to root for in the World Cup," 14 June 2018 This is nit-picky, sure, but a luxury of playing in a lacking league is, every night is not Armageddon. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: You're starting an NFL super team. Would you begin with Tom Brady or Bill Belichick?," 29 Jan. 2018 Though Virgos make excellent editors, this nit-picky quality can take an ugly turn when manifested in a relationship. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How Each Zodiac Sign Is Most Likely to Cheat in a Relationship," 30 Apr. 2018 The critters’ picky eating tendencies also come down to genes: Eschner writes that koalas have a strong sense of smell and taste, which allows them to evaluate leaves based on their bitterness and water content, choosing the juiciest ones. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Newly Mapped Koala Genome Unlocks Secrets of Marsupial’s Diet, Susceptibility to Chlamydia," 3 July 2018 Producing perfect plates for a handful of picky judges and maintaining quality for thousands of guests can require fundamentally different skill sets. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in June: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of picky

1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of picky

: very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : hard to please


\ˈpi-kē \
pickier; pickiest

Kids Definition of picky

: hard to please a picky eater

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